Floyd Mayweather's Five Most Memorable Quotes
Just weeks away from their epic contest, both Mayweather Jr. and McGregor have already engaged in a dizzying media frenzy dropping plenty of quotes amidst the craziness. The two are no stranger to trash talk although Mayweather has been at it a lot longer than his younger opponent. Mayweather may not be eloquent but plenty of what he says isn't just stirring but also perceptive.
Mayweather's Most Epic Quotes
The combat sports world has seen its fair share of colourful characters thanks to how the sport is constructed: prize fighting. This involves just as much if not more focus on what happens before the fight happens. It's called "hype" and Mayweather mastered this art.
Despite having little formal education, Mayweather developed a business acumen he tied to his tongue: the undefeated fighter knows how to talk. Though he often stumbles and says it in the least imaginative way possible, Mayweather's words always have plenty of impact.
He's spoken countless times and left so many quotable bits. He infamously dissed ringside commentator Larry Merchant about his apparent lack of boxing knowledge and made derogatory comments about boxing promoter Bob Arum. He's also commented about the plight of black people in America and of course he talks about his contracts.
But they're just tasty pieces to the bigger pie. We gathered five of his most revealing bits: the ones that revealed plenty about his character - both the good and the asinine.
"Everything you do costs money. You can't take your wife on a date for free."
A day before his 49th pro bout against Andre Berto, Mayweather dropped this telling line to ShowTime's Jim Gray. Known by many nicknames but most famously as "Money", Mayweather didn't become boxing's all-time richest man by accident. As exacting he was as a boxer, Mayweather was shrewder as a businessman. His insight on boxing went beyond its athletic aspects and extended to its business side. He recognized his value and had keen foresight. He knew how to market himself. And it was because he truly understood the importance of money.
"Boxing is real easy. Life is much harder."
One of Mayweather's most popular quotes. The five-division boxing champion grew up to a family of boxers and it was natural for him to follow in the profession. As a child, he grew up being exposed to drug-addicted family members including his mother and aunt, who died of AIDS from her drug use. His father, in contrast, was a drug dealer and was incarcerated. "I basically raised myself," Mayweather contended. This early exposure to hardship and independence is what helped mold Mayweather to become the iron-willed fighter he is today.
"If you don't shut me up, I'm going to keep running my mouth."
The role of the agitator is a classic strategy not just in boxing but in sports. Even team sports like the NHL and NBA employ players otherwise known as "pests" to get inside opponents' heads. They say sports is "90% mental" after all. As a defensive counter-punching savant, trash-talking became a crucial weapon to Mayweather's repertoire. He remained unbeaten by becoming great at implementing his game plan of forcing opponents to chase him around the ring and irritating them before the bout helped throw the proverbial wrench to their strategies.
"Once I stomp the midget, I'll make that motherf**** make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice."
Mayweather faced condemnation for this blatantly racist rant about Manny Pacquiao. The tirade happened in 2010 when the two were originally pegged for a superfight but it fell through. Mayweather apologized but only succeeded in further painting himself as a villain. As someone who didn't have much of a formal education, Mayweather sometimes shows his more ignorant side. His literacy is questioned, his character is often criticized, but his trash talk always succeeds in firing up the right people. The match eventually took place in 2015, which Mayweather decisively won.
"He can have heart, he can hit harder and he can be stronger, but there's no fighter smarter than me."
Arguably Mayweather's greatest quote to date, this was recorded in Forbes in 2007 before his first superfight: against the living legend Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather was coming off big victories over established boxers like Carlos Baldomir and Arturo Gotti but this was his first big step into superstardom. Mayweather used his renowned "smarts" by neutralizing the majority of De La Hoya's offense and earned a split decision victory although Compubox had him clearly beating the Mexican-American legend.
Following his victory, Mayweather contemplated retirement but would defeat Ricky Hatton first.
Betting on Floyd Mayweather
He's called "Money" for a reason. Sporting an unblemished 49-0 record, Mayweather has never let any of his backers down and it's why he remains one of the most popular athletes in terms of sports betting. Mayweather's risk-averse strategy combined with his speed and defensive tactics made him a money train. Thankfully, online sports betting sites also allow Canadians to take part of the winnings. A signup bonus of up to $200 is a welcome promo especially for those getting their feet wet with betting on boxing.
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